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The soldier of the future?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, November 30, 2007

Joel C. sends along an interesting video demonstrating how technology might greatly enhance the abilities of the individual soldier in the not too distant future:

 
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Much better than the last DARPA prototype like this I saw, but there’s at -least- one pretty big hurdle left: producing a power source powerful, compact, and efficient enough to create an exoskeleton capable of long-term independent operations while carrying the inherent weight of the armor the designers would like it to be integrated into. God knows we lugged enough batteries around just for radios, NVGs, Aimpoints, PEQ-2s, etc, etc, etc, etc.



 
Written By: Lysenko
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It needs a nuclear powered gatling weapon firing 2mm Depleted Uranium darts...a la Reason of Snow Crash.
 
Written By: Joe
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I’m telling you...this is Iron Man meets RoboCop.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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that darn energy stuff is always getting in the way of progress

 
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Joel C, you’e saying the only people that can use this are wounded people with bad hearts?
 
Written By: Joe
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In our trickle down world it won’t be long until SWAT has some of these.
 
Written By: tom scott
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Pretty cool video, Bruce, thanks! Reminds me of the FCS vids I saw on You Tube. However, this pitiful attempt at distraction won’t save Army’s butt tomorrow. Figures that Army would need gadgets to try and win, ha!

GO NAVY, SINK ARMY! ;)
 
Written By: John
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Joel C, you’e saying the only people that can use this are wounded people with bad hearts?
you forgot to add ’war profiteers’ and ’multi-billionaires’ into the category lol

Honestly, though: this is the kinda stuff I used to think about when I was a kid. We’re getting to a point where Iron Man, Robocop and Master Chief are not just imaginary but quite possible.
 
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Honestly, though: this is the kinda stuff I used to think about when I was a kid. We’re getting to a point where Iron Man, Robocop and Master Chief are not just imaginary but quite possible.

True, but I am reminded of a section in Bunch and Cole’s Sten, where they examine combat suits and the Drill Instructor points out that they were totally ineffective in dealing with a tribal insurgency.
 
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Reminds me of Sigourney Weaver in ’Alien’, hand-to-hand with the big bug.
 
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The Ironman trailer looks interesting. But considering the cast, I fear the plot will have too much liberal drivel.
 
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Bah! They’ll be no match for mechanical sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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In our trickle down world it won’t be long until SWAT has some of these.
Serving no-knock warrants, no doubt.
 
Written By: Jeff
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This is pretty cool.

On the other hand, this will just increase the soldiers’ load. Instead of 100 pounds of lightweight $hit, they’ll have to carry 500 pounds of lightweight $hit. Until that battery, which has yet to be invented, goes dead. This is still a far cry from Heinlein’s concept.

In the near term, I see this of being of greatest utility in the realm of logistics, ordnance handling, some aspects of engineering or even crash/fire/rescue. Something similar to the robotic forklift device in Aliens, as Timactual mentioned.
Figures that Army would need gadgets to try and win, ha!
Although the comment is facetious, I’m often disappointed that many people seem to be infatuated with gadgetry. While I appreciate technological innovation, I think that technological solutions are touted to the detriment of training (e.g. TASER). In other words, I tend to be suspicious of hardware solutions to software problems.
 
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